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1965 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Norm Van Brocklin
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 7–7
Place 5th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1964 1966

The 1965 season was the Minnesota Vikings' fifth in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm van Brocklin, the team finished with a 7–7 record.

OffseasonEdit

1965 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
1965 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 8 8 Jack Snow Wide receiver Notre Dame
2 1 15 Archie Sutton Tackle Illinois from Giants[a]
9 23 Lance Rentzel Wide receiver Oklahoma
3 8 36 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
4 9 51 Jim Whalen Wide receiver Boston College
13 55 Jim Harris Tackle Utah State from Browns[c]
5 8 64 Traded to the Detroit Lions[d]
6 9 79 Jim Grisham Running back Oklahoma
7 8 92 Traded to the Detroit Lions[e]
8 2 100 John Hankinson Quarterback Minnesota from 49ers[f]
9 107 Jeff Jordon Running back Tulsa
9 8 120 Frank McClendon Tackle Alabama
10 9 135 Jerald Schweiger Tackle Wisconsin–Superior
11 8 148 John Thomas Wide receiver USC
12 9 163 Mike Tilleman Defensive tackle Montana
13 8 176 Dave Osborn Running back North Dakota
14 9 191 Max Leetzow Defensive end Idaho
15 8 204 Phillip Morgan Running back East Tennessee State
16 9 219 Paul Labinski Tackle St. John's (Minnesota)
17 8 232 Veran Smith Running back Utah State
18 9 247 Rich Kotite Wide receiver Wagner
19 8 260 Ellis Johnson Running back Southeastern Louisiana
20 9 271 Cosmo Iacavazzi Running back Princeton
^[a] The New York Giants traded their 2nd round selection (15th overall) and 1964 4th round selection (53rd overall) to Minnesota for RB Hugh McElhenny.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (36th overall) to Pittsburgh for RB Bob Ferguson.
^[c] Cleveland traded their 4th round selection (55th overall) (and by some reports their 1966 6th round selection (90th overall)) to Minnesota for DT Mike Bundra.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (64th overall) to Detroit for WR Tom Hall and HB Bruce Zellmer.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (92nd overall) and 1966 6th round selection (87th overall) to Detroit for DT Mike Bundra and End Larry Vargo.
^[f] San Francisco traded their 8th round selection (100th overall) to Minnesota for DT Roy Williams.

RosterEdit

1965 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 14 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31—21 1—0 Atlanta Stadium (Atlanta, GA) 39,240
2 August 20 Philadelphia Eagles W 35—21 2—0 Metropolitan Stadium 43,125
3 August 28 Washington Redskins W 20—16 3—0 American Legion Memorial Stadium (Charlotte, NC) 20,426
4 September 3 Dallas Cowboys W 57—17 4—0 Legion Field (Birmingham, AL) 41,500
5 September 11 New York Giants W 24—9 5—0 Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium (Omaha, NE) 14,250

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 19 at Baltimore Colts L 16–35 0–1 Memorial Stadium 56,562
2 September 26 Detroit Lions L 29–31 0–2 Metropolitan Stadium 46,826[1]
3 October 3 at Los Angeles Rams W 38–35 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 36,755
4 October 9 New York Giants W 40–14 2–2 Metropolitan Stadium 44,283
5 October 17 Chicago Bears L 37–45 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
6 October 24 at San Francisco 49ers W 42–41 3–3 Kezar Stadium 42,680
7 October 31 at Cleveland Browns W 27–17 4–3 Cleveland Stadium 83,505
8 November 7 Los Angeles Rams W 24–13 5–3 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
9 November 14 Baltimore Colts L 21–41 5–4 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
10 November 21 Green Bay Packers L 13–38 5–5 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
11 November 28 San Francisco 49ers L 24–45 5–6 Metropolitan Stadium 40,306
12 December 5 at Green Bay Packers L 19–24 5–7 Lambeau Field 50,852
13 December 12 at Detroit Lions W 29–7 6–7 Tiger Stadium 45,420
14 December 19 at Chicago Bears W 24–17 7–7 Wrigley Field 46,604

Note: The game against the Giants, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 10, was pushed up to Saturday night because of the World Series.

  1. This is an opening game attendance record at Metropolitan Stadium.

StandingsEdit

Template:1965 NFL Western standings

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Fran Tarkenton 2,609
Passing touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 19
Rushing yards Bill Brown 699
Rushing touchdowns Tommy Mason 10
Receiving yards Paul Flatley 896
Receiving touchdowns Paul Flatley 7
Points Fred Cox 113
Kickoff return yards Lance Rentzel 602
Punt return yards Tommy Mason 63
Interceptions Ed Sharockman 6

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 14)
Passing offense 2,546 181.9 8th
Rushing offense 2,278 162.7 2nd
Total offense 4,824 344.6 4th
Passing defense 2,493 178.1 6th
Rushing defense 1,755 125.4 9th
Total defense 4,248 303.4 7th

ReferencesEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
Dallas Chicago
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
St. Louis Minnesota
Washington San Francisco
1965 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1965 AFL Season

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